Oh Europa is a new collection of works by Action Hero that span a continent and seek to re-imagine the ways in which we think about Europe, and how we continue to share this space together.
Action Hero have been travelling across Europe in their motorhome, asking strangers to sing a love song. Beginning their journey in April 2018, the artists have now travelled over 37,000km through 33 European countries, all the while living and working in their van. So far they have recorded over 900 love songs, all recorded inside their van and sung by people they’ve met as they are travelling. The songs are about being in love but also falling out of love: about heartbreak, joy and hope.
This ever-evolving archive of love songs is broadcasting 24/7 from a network of “beacons” placed by the artists on the borders and edge-spaces across Europe. Situated on invisible boundaries, margins, cultural junctures and geological egdelands, the love songs will play forever in these special locations, audible to anyone who visits and tunes in.
The locations of the “beacons” can be seen on the map below, along with video taken from the site. If you want to listen to the love songs, you just need to visit a beacon. The Oh Europa app, which is available for both iOS and Android, will help you find the nearest “beacon” to you, and will tune in to the love songs automatically when you arrive in the location.
As a result of the journey, Action Hero have created RadiOh Europa, a live “radio show” playing love songs sung by people from across Europe which invites the audience to join an act of collective listening over the course of 8 hours. Audiences can tune in online or join the performance in person. Gemma & James have also created Postcards From The Edge, a micro-installation inside their van using video from the project with an accompanying book.
To add your voice to the love songs collection (all voices are welcome!), to hear RadiOh Europa or to see Postcards From The Edge, check out our tour dates below. Or look out for the van across Europe….
For more about Action Hero and our other work, visit www.actionhero.org.uk
TOURING 2018 & 2019
Transform – Leeds, UK – Apr 2018
Matchbox – Neustadt, DE – May 2018
Latitudes Contemporaine – Lille, FR – Jun 2018
Openbare Werken, Vooruit – Gent, BE – Jun 2018
Ördögkatlan Festival – HU – Aug 2018
SNFCC – Athens, GR – Aug 2018
Interdiscipinarte (residency) – Terni, IT – Sep 2018
Matchbox – Hambach, DE – Sep 2018
Anti Festival – Kuopio, FI – Sep 2018
Grand Theatre Groningen – Groningen, NL – Oct 2018
Bucharest Intl Theatre Platform – Bucharest, RO – Oct 2018
Bristol Old Vic – Bristol, UK – Oct 2018
Transform – Leeds, UK – May 2019
Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain- Paris, FR – May 2019
Les Grands Voisins – Paris, FR – May 2019
Salisbury International Arts Festival – Salisbury, UK – Jun 2019
Greenwich and Docklands festival– London, UK – Jun 2019
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – Hebden Bridge, UK – Jun 2019
Les Tombees de la Nuit – Rennes, FR – Jul 2019
Museum of Broken Relationships – Zagreb, HR – Jul 2019
Oh Europa will be touring in 2020, get in touch for more details.
In 2018 we travelled non-stop for 6 months (26 weeks) in our motorhome. We visited 33 European countries and drove 31598km to record strangers singing love songs. Here’s a timeline of the journey we took!